'If only you knew the beautiful things I had seen there' Saint Bernadette
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Anniversary of the 5th Apparition
5th Apparition Saturday 20th of February
At the fifth apparition Our Lady spoke with Bernadette and taught her a prayer that was just for her. She would say this prayer every day of her life, but never wrote it down or repeated it to anyone. For the rest of her life people would constantly attempt to make Bernadette divulge this prayer and the secrets Our Lady had told her. Bernadette never gave in but with her immense strength of character and her own brand of feisty Pyreneen wit she would rebuke them for trying in a firm but gentle manner. One frequent response was 'men are powerful on earth but the Holy Virgin is powerful in Heaven'. Whatever was said it was noted by the crowds at the end of this vision Bernadette was overcome with a great sadness.
Word had now begun to spread amongst surrounding villages and this day saw the biggest crowd yet - about thirty people.